The prophet, Isaiah, knew it all along, as he wrote in his servant songs: God’s servant on earth would suffer death at the hands of those who will reject him. He knew that the servant “has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases … he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities … and by his bruises we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5).
Jesus was killed by the religious authorities who rejected his claim of being the Messiah and by the political authorities who rejected his claim of being a king in place of Caesar. If he came to earth today, he would surely be rejected and killed by today’s powers and authorities, because he would challenge them, too.
But for Jesus, death gave way to life. He did this all that your death and my death might also give way to life—eternal life!
Lord Jesus, thanks to you we live not in God’s anger but in God’s mercy, not in death but in life, not in guilt, but in joy. Amen.
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